Mascots focus of sports ethics talk

A lecture about the effects of animals as mascots for sports teams will be featured by Joan Forry, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture, “Against Animals as Sports Team Mascots,” will address the ethics of using mascots for sports teams and the effect it has on how the animals are viewed. Forry specializes in applied ethics and teaches courses on sport and society, environmental ethics, feminism and the politics of food. She is a member of the executive council for the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport. Her essay, “Towards a Somatic Sport Feminism,” has been published in the book “Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Sport.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield’s new interdisciplinary sport management minor, along with the departments of Business, Economics, Philosophy, and Health and Human Performance. For more information, contact Denise Farag, assistant professor of business, at 503-883-2615, or